The Democratic Party has named two far left-wing politicians to its Senate leadership team. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will serve as the vice chair of the Senate Democratic Conference, while Bernie Sanders, an independent socialist from Vermont, will serve as “chair of outreach.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren will now be Vice Chair of the Conference (along w/ Sen Mark Warner) and Sen. Bernie Sanders Chair of Outreach
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) November 16, 2016
Sanders is a new addition to the Senate leadership team, along with Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Tammy Baldwin of Illinois.
Here is the list of senate Dem leaders pic.twitter.com/KCpmLLcP4q
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) November 16, 2016
The promotion of Sanders to a role in Senate leadership is presumably an acknowledgment that the Democratic Party has a serious problem with white working class voters, given the results of the presidential election. The probably should’ve nominated him, because he couldn’t have done any worse than Hillary.
During the Democratic primary, Sanders inspired huge crowd of young and working class voters, but was ultimately defeated by Hillary Clinton. Despite his popularity, Democratic elites largely scoffed at Sanders, and attacked him for, among other things, adopting a more pragmatic stance on gun control in an effort to appeal to blue collar voters in the Midwest.
Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York will replace Senate minority leader Harry Reid, who is finally retiring. He is a semi-distant cousin of woke celeb Amy Schumer.
Look out, Chuck. Bernie’s right behind you.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) November 16, 2016
Elizabeth Warren, the candidate many Democrats would have preferred in 2016, is a conventionally liberal Harvard professor. Donald Trump has described her as “Pocahontas” in reference to reports that claims to have some distant Native American ancestry, and once listed herself as a minority in a directory maintained by the Association of American Law Schools.
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